St. Charles Mother, Daughter Win $200,000 Powerball Prize
A St. Charles mother and daughter are $200,000 richer after matching all five white-ball numbers to win $200,000 in the Dec. 2 Powerball drawing. Janet Burns, 70, and Sonia Burns, 37, split the prize from the winning ticket Janet Burns purchased at Pump Handle, 2305 Drosty Road in St. Charles.
Janet Burns used Quick Pick to the let the computer select the numbers on her $3 ticket. The winning numbers were 17, 34, 42, 45 and 50.
Janet Burns missed the televised drawing on Dec. 2, so she called the Lottery’s winning numbers hot line shortly after the drawing. She said she looked at the ticket and called again to be sure she had heard the numbers correctly.
"I woke my daughter up, and she called twice," Janet Burns said. "Then, we talked for hours into the night."
Janet Burns plans to use her prize to buy a new home. Sonia Burns plans to use her part of the prize money to get ahead on bills.
"We’ll go on living like we do now," Janet Burns said.
The second-level prize increased from $100,000 to $200,000 when Powerball underwent a game redesign that took effect on Aug. 28, 2005. The game changes were made to create larger and faster growing jackpots. Since the game’s redesign, 53 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.